SAN FRANCISCO--While President Obama’s visit to Intel’s manufacturing facility in Chandler, Ariz., may be a huge boon to the chip firm, it is slightly less of a boost to over 1,500 workers who have been asked to stay home for security reasons, without pay, during the day of his visit.
Disgruntled contract workers have complained to local television media that the loss of a day’s pay is significant to them, though Intel’s spokespeople have brushed it off as having nothing but “short term impact.”
While some may assume that one day of unpaid leave is hardly something worth complaining about, in the context of President Obama’s drive to showcase “American Productivity” –laid out in his Tuesday night State of the Union address—it is a little ironic and unfortunate.
The President has put a high premium on American jobs, telling the nation America was “as competitive as we’ve ever been,” and laying out a blueprint for keeping and boosting employment in the U.S. Indeed, part of the President’s plan includes eliminating tax cuts for companies who invest in jobs abroad, while offering a 20 percent tax credit to companies moving jobs back stateside.
Intel’s massive $5-billion manufacturing facility in Chandler--due to be completed in 2013--certainly qualifies as part of that effort, but with Intel declaring another quarter of record profits and revenue last week, is it really too much trouble for the tech giant to give its blue collar employees a paid day off?
*update* An Intel spokesperson has said the contract workers will have the hours of work lost today rescheduled, and thereby make up any lost day of pay. He compared the situation to a day of bad weather or other natural impediment which would have halted work for the day.
Intel does pay the contractor to pay the contracted workers, so can virtually decide when they can work. Yet Intel asked the contractors to stay home (probably initially want to save that day's contract cost) while letting Intel's own salaried (they're paid for that day anyway) employees attend?
having worked at Intel, and knowing how fair they are to THEIR employees, you are amusing here. Kickboxing into efes (zero) hoping for controversy where there is none.
Contractors for construction at a company site, are the Contractor's employees, and are not paid by intel ( directly ). The construction contractor can pay their employees to watch the president's speech, but that is the construction contracting company's decision.
Intel has always been a fair, even excellent employer. Even in the holy land !
Duane, possibly I read too much into this, but from the start I figured that whoever made this decision to send X employees home did so to make a point to the Pres. The security part being only an excuse.
So, I did not read anything "sad" in any of this, except maybe that upper management can get away with such pettiness.
I guess the older I get the more cynical I get.
There is no such thing as a bad weather day in Chandler, even up here in Prescott a bad weather day is waiting an hour or two for the snow to melt.
Obama knows not what he speaks nor preaches, he's ready to send billions of dollars worth of US GPS jobs down the tube for lightsquareds failed cellular network.
My thoughts are that the jobs of the american workers are still more important than one man even if that one man is the president.
Some good points, Duane. But I'd say that there is a sadder statement behind yours: That is that despite this poorly executed instance, security measures like this are necessary just to keep a president alive these days. And the reason for that is where in lies the true sadness: The presidency itself holds so much power. We as Americans have to start asking ourselves if it is good that one man should have enough power to (sighting just one example that involves American jobs, but there are numerous others) single handedly nix a massive job-creating oil pipeline for fuel that his country desperately needs, brought to us from a nearby country that likes us (for now), and would have a positive effect on gas prices very quickly.
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